December 31, 2011
December 26, 2011
kuala lumpur malaysia
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There is always magical about dusk as it falls on a city. As the lights start to shine, a city is transformed from a grey jungle to a lively and colorful place. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, is one such place.
December 24, 2011
Blessed and Merry Christmas! Here's some Christmas colors from my hometown, taken during a quick break from preparing our Christmas dinner (there is always time for photos :D)
December 22, 2011
While some are contented with visiting a place once, filling their memory cards with shots, and then moving on to the next spot, I firmly believe that it takes several visits before you can get the shots you want. Condition varies all the time, weather and the quality of light changes on a daily basis. So for the second day in a row I revisited Putrajaya Mosque at sunrise.
December 20, 2011
I recently got a free trip to Putrajaya, a beautiful “planned city” about 25 kilometers southwest of Kuala Lumpur, for the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards 2011. While some of the invited bloggers probably got down to planning what to wear for that gala event - it’s the “Oscars” of the Asia Pacific blogsphere after all, I got busy to planning what to shoot in Putrajaya.
December 11, 2011
December 6, 2011
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I'm honored to be the featured photographer for this week's Picture Perfect section (December 7, 2011) of Manila Bulletin (Philippine's leading newspaper). I'll update this post with excerpts from the article (a great feature written by Yugel Losorata) as well as insights behind selected photos included in the feature.
December 1, 2011
imugan malico nueva vizcaya salacsac
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If you like those "places at the end of the road", then you'll feel right at home in Malico or Salacsac.
November 29, 2011
2011 awards PBA
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Thank you Philippine Blog Awards! I was not able to attend the awards night in General Santos last November 26, 2011 so I'll just point you to PBA's FB page for some of the photos of what I heard was a very successful and fun evening.
Update: December 3, 2011
One of the post in this blog won the Top Photo Post award in the recent Philippine Blog Awards 2011 (National Level). Here a link to the winning post.
November 26, 2011
If you've been to bus stations for traveling to the provinces, which I figured most of us have as buses are the most common mode of transport here in the Philippines, most likely you've bought some snacks and local sweets. Ever wondered how these flat peanut filled panutsa (or panocha, or bandi) are made?
November 21, 2011
Though I've been to Taal a couple of years ago, I welcomed the chance to revisit it with old and new friends. So when the local SmugMug group organized a photowalk I did not hesitate to sign up.
November 16, 2011
A kalesa (horse drawn carriage) in a street corner in Roxas Blvd right across Rizal Park. The kalesa is a quintessential symbol of old Manila and can usually be seen in the Intramuros (famous Walled City) and Rizal Park area.
November 14, 2011
November 13, 2011
November 10, 2011
I had my sights on Imugan Falls for quite some time now. Several of my friends had visited the place a year or two ago but I had to be somewhere else at that time. After a few failed attempts to go there, one finally pushed through, this time with a blogger friend (DongHo). It’s a 6-hour trip just to see the falls, a trip I was glad to take.
November 8, 2011
October 30, 2011
I was excited to revisit this beautiful rock just off the coast of Zambales. After a series of nasty typhoons, several ones in the span of a few weeks, weather was cooperating.
October 29, 2011
Though I know that Capones lighthouse has been shot to death by all camera toting beach hoppers (its a requisite side trip for those heading to/from the coves of Anawangin or Nagsasa), I could not help but take a few more for myself.
October 26, 2011
October 13, 2011
Have you ever got that feeling that you were exactly in the right place at the right time after taking an image? Well this is one of those images that made me feel that way.
October 10, 2011
October 2, 2011
September 27, 2011
Although our main purpose in Can Tho was to see Mekong Delta’s rural side, I welcomed the chance to have a glimpse of the town’s urban area during a short night stroll.
September 25, 2011
A quick stop in the public market along the Mekong River presented an opportunity to check out the street scenes in Vinh Long and maybe buy some local fruits .
September 16, 2011
Although we only stayed in Saigon on the last part of our visit to Vietnam, I thought I’d start my series of posts with some of the recognizable icons (places and buildings) that are usually associated with Ho Chi Minh.
September 11, 2011
falls Lake Sebu Lake Sebu falls south cotabato traangkini
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September 4, 2011
dreamweavers indigenous Lake Sebu people south cotabato T'boli
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August 21, 2011
Lake Sebu Lake Seloton south cotabato
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sunrise in Lake Seloton
Lake Sebu is one of those places that has this tendency to tug incessantly at your heart. It beckons you to return again and again. You happily give in and rediscover the place anew. Just when you think you've seen everything there, it gives you another set of beautiful memories.
August 7, 2011
Adams falls ilocos norte
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Adams' poster falls: Anuplig
If there is one place where you have access to dozens of waterfalls in hiking distance of each other, that would be Adams in Ilocos Norte. Tucked in a lush green valley and surrounded by rain forest, some consider this small town as the "land of waterfalls". The signages around the town pointing you to trails leading to various waterfalls further reinforce that title.
July 23, 2011
Literally just at Adam's backyard, this one is about 30 minutes walk from where we stayed. It offered one of the best mountain views of sunrise I've seen.
July 17, 2011
welcome to Adams, population: 1800
A small town - the smallest in the Philippines with only 1 barangay, nestled in a valley surrounded by pristine rain forest near the northern edge of Luzon. It was our home for two stress free days. Limited cellphone signal (currently only Globe works), no 3G, no emails.
July 6, 2011
indigenous mangyan mindoro people
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a Hanunoo elder displaying one of his prized possession: the bolo
The Hanunoos are one of the 7 Mangyan tribes in the island of Mindoro. Of the Mangyan tribes, only they have their own script. The Hanunoos are concentrated in the town of Mansalay in Oriental Mindoro where they settled in 53 sitios (small villages).
Here are some of the interesting personalities I've met one weekend in Sitio Hawili in Brgy Panaytayan while doing outreach work with some volunteers from Black Pencil Project:
July 2, 2011
bpp indigenous mangyan mindoro people
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colors of Mansalay Mangyans
Could we change lives given just a weekend? With the right group of dedicated individuals, we easily can.
June 17, 2011
I'm sharing morning scenes at the Gensan fishport where the tuna bounty is unloaded and hauled, weighed, classified, and sold. Gensan is considered to be the Tuna Capital of the Philippines - processing tons of tuna daily, from yellowfin to skipjacks.
May 28, 2011
epitome of serenity
Sometimes you have to go back to familiar spots to catch it in a really good light. I was glad I exactly did just that during a weekend trip back home.
May 17, 2011
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Silanguin's sunset colors
I had the chance to revisit Zambales' grand cove. This time with a group of outdoor photography enthusiasts from the company I work for (yup, I too have a day job).
May 6, 2011
a flower patch in Mines View
Even one of the most famous tourist trap in Baguio, Philippine's quintessential "summer capital", looks different (in a good way) during sunrise.
May 2, 2011
fiery river sunset in Mayantoc
I have to admit that I've never heard of the town Mayantoc even though I (almost) passed by it countless times whenever I'm passing through the province of Tarlac en route to Pangasinan. An invite from a friend to attend Mayantoc's fiesta patronal led me to discover a rustic town and its charming and hospitable folks.
April 19, 2011
perya at night
A town fiesta will not be complete without the "perya" or circus/fair. The town's plaza comes to life at night with dazzling lights, rides, freak shows, and hawkers selling just about anything.
April 10, 2011
March 31, 2011
wild fire survivor
It was quite a weekend. Huge waves, strong winds, and blazing wild fires that devastated whole mountains. Nagsasa cove certainly outdid itself this time.
March 27, 2011
It was a spectacular sight, and equally horrifying. The whole mountain was ablaze. Loud crackling sound rang through out the cove as trees were consumed. It was so far the largest bush fire or wildfire Nagsasa cove has ever seen.
March 21, 2011
cove's twilight colors
This is my second visit to the cove (this year) in a span of just a few weeks. The trip was almost canceled due to the tsunami warning on the Philippine's eastern side a few hours after the Japan earthquake.
March 6, 2011
moonset in Nagsasa
Return to Nagsasa, the not-so-hidden-gem-anymore of Zambales and reconnecting with old acquaintances. This is my 4th visit after two years.
February 27, 2011
koronadal sarangani socsargen
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"bed of nails" - a sunrise in Sarangani province
A recent trip back home a few weeks ago had me chasing low tide sunrise and sunset around Sarangani province.
February 18, 2011
the sun goes down in Tambobong
A trip to my favorite spot in Pangasinan once again yielded one of the most amazing sunset’s I’ve seen.
February 3, 2011
a seawall in Labrador
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Outdoor photographers say a picture is sometimes equivalent to damaged equipment, occasional bruises, or worse – broken limbs.
January 18, 2011
Huge waves and rugged coastline shaped by the Pacific Ocean characterized the surfing town of Baler. One of the interesting places there is Diguisit bay. Located in Brgy Zabali, its just a few minutes outside of town proper by tricycle.
January 10, 2011
socsargen south cotabato tarsier tupi wildlife
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a tarsier in Linan
They have become one of Philippine’s tourism mascots, figuring in posters and logos including the most recent Department of Tourism’s (failed) “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” logo. Although they are found in various places in the archipelago (central eastern and southern provinces), most people associate the tarsier with the island of Bohol.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that these endangered primates are thriving practically right in my province’s backyard.
January 1, 2011
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